Eye on Response
Alexandra Genco has been a key member of EyeonResponse team since October, 2010. They are a boutique marketing agency that focuses on customer acquisition. With each client Eyeon tailors a strategic execution to their specific needs. Some tactics used are email marketing, SEM/SEO, and promotional sweepstakes. Alexandra also worked closely with founders Michael Rowsom and Stephen Eustace with the concept, production, and launch of EyeonStyles, a one of a kind online advertising space for the fashion market. Through EOS consumers experience and engage with fashion brands and designers in revolutionary way.
Alex J. Tunney
Open Source Fashion
Alex J. Tunney is a freelance writer. Currently, he acts as Content Coordinator for Open Source Fashion.
Mr. Etufugh is the Managing Partner of Law Offices of Alozie N. Etufugh, PLLC. He began his legal career with an Intellectual Property law firm based in New York City. His firm’s current practice areas include all aspects of Patent, Trademark and Copyright law, including prosecution, corporate transactions, licensing, and client counseling.
Global Content Director, Lot 17 Media
Author of four books, two television series', several documentaries and countless articles for publications internationally, Angela Gilltrap is an award-winning content strategist who has been instrumental in the online, social media, print and publishing growth of numerous corporations and continues to lecture at various institutions on the value of cohesive content strategies across multi-media platforms. As a leader in this field, she created the first-ever, interactive fashion accessory magazine exclusively for the iPad, with over five custom interactive, retail-driven fashion publications under her belt. She played an integral part in the launch of dance-based television programming worldwide and her autobiography, Sunshine On Sugar Hill is currently optioned for a movie and is part of the Reader's Digest Encounters, Best Non-Fiction Series. She is the Editor-In-Chief of HeavenHasHeels magazine and online site www.HeavenHasHeels.com and travels the world to find the most engaging content.
President Nolcha Fashion Week New York
Arthur co-founded award winning Nolcha Fashion Week in 2007. Today it is New
York’s leading platform for independent fashion labels to showcase to a
global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers
through runway shows and exhibition during New York Fashion Week, and has
been featured in Glamour, BBC, WWD, MTV, Bravo TV, Forbes, Wall Street
Journal and the New York Post. Nolcha Fashion Week is Officially listed with
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and has showcased over 180 fashion designers.
He has successfully integrated and introduced reputable tastemaker brands
such as DonQ Rums, Vitabath, Kiss Nails, Budweiser, RUSK, Vitaminwater,
American Airlines, Monster Energy Drink, Realbeanz, Paul Mitchell, Land Rover
and Coca-Cola to fashion-specific campaigns via sponsorships and advertising.
View Forbes Article:http://www.forbes.com/sites/victorhwang/2012/09/16/a-startup-incubator-for-fashion-designers/
Chandra Law Office, P.C.
Arun Chandra as over a decade of legal experience, and is the founder of Chandra Law Offices, P.C. Mr. Chandra focuses his practice on real estate and business law. Chandra Law Offices, P.C., provides comprehensive legal services to individuals and small businesses in all aspects of real estate and business law. We represent clients in New York City and Long Island.
Benish Shah is the CEO Vicaire NY, a luxury e-boutique carrying curated emerging designers based in the US. She has over 10 years of experience advising startups and middle market companies on business strategy, innovation, and legal. Before starting Vicaire NY, she served as the General Counsel and Chief Business Strategy Officer for a womenswear brand in NYC. Benish has been published in law journals, newspapers, and magazines. She's raised funds for companies, changed their marketing, and written their contracts. Benish's background is diverse - and she likes it that way. It gives her a deeper insight into the way her clients think, making her much better at addressing their needs.
Brian Igel & Daniel Bellizio
Bellizio & Igel, PLLC
Daniel Bellizio served as general counsel to the Oved Apparel Group, a premier fashion holding company with an array of men’s and children’s labels in its portfolio. In addition to his vast fashion industry experience, Daniel counsels clients in the photography, publishing, theater, music and film industries, and has provided risk management analysis concerning an array of intellectual property matters and litigation.
Brian Igel has counseled his clients on a variety of complex transactions across multiple industries and practice areas including entertainment, intellectual property, real estate, corporate, and employment law. Brian is also a seasoned entrepreneur, having co-founded Boy Meets Girl®, a multi-million dollar women’s contemporary clothing line.
Christos Chrestatos brings 12 years of film production experience to Thoughtpusher, Inc. His directorial works include promos for Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, a television pilot for Sony Tri-Star television, and music videos which have been featured in art and culture magazines RES and XLR8R, as well as special screenings at The New Museum in Manhattan. He is in charge of Creative Direction at Thoughtpusher.
Cameron Neal is the COO of A.MOET, a luxury spawear brand focused on redefining the robe and returning glamour to loungewear. She is also the Community Organizer for OS Fashion's chapter in Washington, DC.
Grant Harris is owner & Chief Style Consultant at Image Granted, LLC., a Washington, DC based image consulting company founded in 2009 dedicated to solving the complex image, style & fashion issues of today’s professional man. Image Granted provides local and international corporate branding, market research, product development, speaking engagements, private consultations and other value-based services for corporate entities and individuals in need of practical & affordable style advice.
Caroline Scheinfeld is an analyst at Zelkova Ventures where she focuses on fashion tech startups. She graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Fiber Science & Apparel design. A native New Yorker with a strong affinity for the history of fashion, she also has a passion for creative writing. Zelkova Ventures is an early stage Venture Capital firm that invests in rapidly growing technology enabled Startups.
You can follow Caroline on twitter @carolineschein & read her company’s blog where she often contributes at http://blog.zelkovavc.com/
Founder of Bloginity.com, one of New York’s premiere online fashion magazines. At just 23 years old, Haim has built a major brand from scratch having learned the intricacies of the publishing industry himself, and no former training. With an international network of bloggers and a dedicated team of fashion and beauty experts, Haim is making waves in the US with his extraordinary talent. Team Bloginity regularly covers the biggest fashion events in the world including recently the London and New York Fashion Weeks. You can find on his websites in-depth interviews with celebrities, designers, models, photographers and much more.
Dhara Naik is a Senior Strategy Director at Likeable Media, providing strategic social media consulting for clients in the Retail, CPG, Telecommunications, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized organizations. Before joining Likeable Media, Dhara was an Online and Social Media Marketing Manager at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, where she played an integral role in launching the nation’s first digital and social media program for nurses. She completed her B.S. in Biopsychology & Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 2005 and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Drexel University in 2007.
Dian has 14 years of retail styling experience along with visual display expertise with GAP, Banana Republic and Anthropologie. She blogs fashion for AARP.org interviewing 50+ fashion icons like Norma Kamali, profiling costume designers, and showcasing apparel geared towards that demographic. In addition, she has devoted close to a decade of her personal time as an active Washington DC board member of AIGA (The Professional Association for Design). Her current role is to oversee mentoring initiatives that will aid in the education, inspiration and growth of designers and creatives in the local area.
Founder of Fashion’s Collective, Elizabeth is an innovator of business education focused primarily on the intersection of fashion and digital.
A new-age resource for fashion and luxury brands focused on digital marketing, Fashion’s Collective is comprised of an online publication, FC Labs educational workshops and the FashionForward event series.
Elizabeth has spoken at TEDx in Bali, SXSW in Austin, Casa della Creativita in Italy, Fashion 2.0 in Germany, and Luxury Interactive in New York. She has also been featured on Elle Magazine’s Digital Power List.
Prior to starting Fashion’s Collective, Elizabeth was partner and director at a NYC-based interactive agency, where she worked creating digital initiatives for top global fashion and luxury brands.
As a marketing analyst for almost 10 years, Erika comes to OS Fashion with expertise in Search Engine Optimization, which is an evolving industry, much like that of fashion. Erika Miller currently works with Adobe, but her previous role was as Senior SEO Analyst for ELLE.com. Having been a digital marketing expert in the fashion area for years, Erika comes to OS Fashion with a unique perspective – one that is driven by analytics, PR and search.
Diane Pascual is a Concept Artist and Writer, a multi-talented individual finishing up her MFA and thesis in Visual Development in Animation as online studies from the Academy of Art University San Francisco, Diane also writes and studies the analysis of dreams. She self-published a short Graphic Novel Called "Dreamwalker" that she wrote and illustrated in 2011 and has been promoting her work at the Comic-conventions since 2010 at San Diego Comic-con, WonderCon in San Francisco, and most recently this spring at the Seattle Emerald City Comic-con. Currently she is writing her first YA fantasy/science-fiction novel about dreams. Diane is also freelancing Illustration work for all types of clients, she has an adaptable and versatile style of illustration fit for fashion and animation.
Nicole Giordano is the founder of StartUpFASHION, a company that helps young brands and independent designers create a profitable and scalable business, as well as an independent digital content consultant to fashion brands and retailers.
Founder & CEO of Helix Men. Most recently, Sindhya was the Brand & Product Development Manager at ZIRH Skincare. While at ZIRH, she successfully created award-winning products and best-selling products in addition to creating and launching 3 brands: ZIRH Platinum Skincare, ZIRH Warrior Collection of Shower Gels & ZIRH Cocktail Bars. The ZIRH Platinum Drenched Moisturizer won the coveted CEW Beauty Award in 2009; it is the highest honor in the industry. Prior to ZIRH, she worked at Johnson & Johnson – Neutrogena Cosmetics, Limited Brands - Beauty Avenues and L’Oreal USA – Maybelline DMI in various roles including Marketing, Global Brand Image, Product Development and Innovations. She does Trend Consulting for the clients of Primary Global Research and Vista Research. Sindhya graduated with honors from the Global Fashion Management Masters program, a joint program with Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Institut Francais de la Mode in Paris and Hong Kong Polytechnical Institute. Additionally, she has an undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising Management from FIT.
Albert Cheung Photography
Albert Cheung is a New York based photographer specializing in commercial, fashion, lifestyle, product, and documentary photojournalism. His images have appeared in notable publications such as the New York Times, Interiors Magazine, Food & Wine, Atria Books, amongst others. Albert earned a professional degree in Architecture from Cornell University and spent his early years practicing as an architect prior to his full-time investment as a photographer. With fashion, he has collaborated with Lionesque Style for NYFW, Paul Stuart, and select boutique designer labels with fashion event, product, and lifestyle and lookbook photography. Albert is also a founding partner of FRAME, a creative commercial photography studio.
Podcast producer for #KFCradio at http://kfcradioshow.com. Social & digital media consulting and occasional blogger http://BizPodPro.com
Founder & CEO of AvantGarde Communications Group. Inna Shamis Lapin is a communications specialist with over 15 years experience in Public Relations, Marketing Communications, Business Development and Client Management - working with some of the world’s most recognized brands like Vogue, Elle Décor, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon & Spa, CBS, Planet Hollywood, Hilton Hotels, Splenda/Johnson & Johnson, Danskin, Sprint PCS, Trident, Dentyne, Bubblicious, Cadbury Adams/Cadbury Schweppes, Crunch Fitness and Cendant.
Jennifer Heal attended Parsons the New School for Design where she graduated with a BBA from the Design and Management program. Upon graduating she was hired as Social Media Coordinator at Betsey Johnson LLC where she re-strategized and implemented a new social plan. Currently, Jennifer is a Digital Senior Account Coordinator at the style communications firm, Bollare, where she manages the social platforms for several fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. You can follow Jennifer on Twitter @jenniferheal.
Elite Styles NYC
Founder & CEO StylEast Group. Jessica is a talented creative events planning, and has worked with many wonderful people including celebrities such as Madonna, Fat Joe and Jim Jones. She started stylEast Group as a way to provide clients a one-stop shop for all their event planning and styling needs.
Fashion Digital Daily
Laura is a freelance fashion editor and digital strategist. She began her career as a stylist assistant for Victoria Bartlett and Joanne Blades. For several years she worked at Latina magazine, working her way from a fashion assistant, credits editor, fashion writer, and a contributing fashion editor. In 2009, she helped launch the Topshop brand in New York as the brand's senior style advisor. Later working in the digital space, she began consulting for luxury fashion brands such as Calvin Klein and Mikimoto, on social media, content and digital marketing strategy. Recently, she worked with the start-up The Cools, as their community and marketing manager.
Laura is the founder and editor of the fashion tech blog Fashion Digital Daily, and is the co-founder of the Future of Fashion Series: an ongoing event dedicated to connecting startups with industry professionals in fashion and retail.
Former clients include: Calvin Klein, Cynthia Steffe, Mercedes-Benz, Jill Stuart, Mikimoto, T.J. Maxx, Silke Debler, The Ladders, Yuna Yang, Projective Space, Onyx II Jewelry, Look-Look, Inc, Sunsilk.
Laura Ramsey-McCann has been a leader in the fashion technology space since 2000. She has led product development, sales and marketing as CEO of Zweave, WYSWYG and Fashion Express, all companies she founded because of her passion for fashion and entrepreneurship. With a degree in fashion design from Parson’s School of Design, Laura has for over 20 years been involved in manufacturing and retail.
At WYSWYG, Laura leverages her deep operations and business building experience to deliver digital strategy for her clients.
Laura is an author and frequent speaker on the topic of entrepreneurship, PLM, product development and sourcing for the Fashion Industry. She has been featured in Inc., the Wall Street Journal, Success, Fortune, Entrepreneurs, Apparel Magazine and WWD.
Third Wave Fashion
A passionate believer in open business, Liza’s last stint was as Managing Partner at a successful web development & education company, where she took the company from 2 guys to a 30 person team with multi-million dollar revenues and a client roster that includes Grammy.com, MarthStewart.com, and MTV.co.uk.
At the age of 22, she opened her first business, a fashion forward clothing boutique, which led into retail buying, fashion show production (for her own store and brands such as Wacoal and Ralph Lauren Childrens), and photo styling. She served as Fashion Editor of a regional newspaper, wrote a fashion column, and even did a little model scouting along the way.
Liza is a strong advocate for open business practices, and has been consulting for business startups – both on and offline – for more than a decade.
Liz Long started Bag the Habit in 2007 with the goal of changing the way people view disposable products. The company makes a variety of reusable shopping solutions including totes, reusable produce bags and reusable gift wrap, all using 100% eco-textiles.
To date, Bag the Habit has replaced millions of paper and plastic disposables through the sale of it's products, and partnered with brands like Martha Stewart, Oprah, and Guess Jeans to create custom reusable bags. Bag the Habit been featured in a variety of media outlets including Real Simple, The Huffington Post, People Magazine, E! Entertainment Television and the Sundance Channel.
It's Super Fashion
Born in Vicenza, Marta Pozzan began her career in 2009 when, while still attending college, she started working for Vanity Fair Italy fashion Editor-in-chief Silvia Paoli, creative director of Lostinfashion.it, a fashion and lifestyle blog named after her book. In the same year Marta was hosting the daily fashion web show Fashion Nuts. In 2011, she moved to Los Angeles where she now resides and works as a model and an actress. In the spring of 2011, she was chosen for the cover of the book called Illuminate by Aimee Agresti and in September 2011 she won the StyleCaster and Sebastian professional contest Infinite Possibilities, featured in NYLON magazine’s February 2012 issue. In April 2012, Marta was asked to be one of the Beauty Vlogger Boot Camp contestants, web TV show airing on U Look Haute, new Youtube and Google channel and hosted by famous beauty vloggers Elle & Blair Fowler. Contributor to actress friend Jaime King and her style column for the Huffington Post, Jaime’s Picks, Marta has now her own fashion blog It’s SUPER fashion, where she shares her sense of fashion as an extremely powerful visual language to communicate to the outside world.
The Fashion Potential
CEO/Creative Director of The Fashion Potential. During her fifteen years working in the New York City fashion industry, Melissa McGraw rose through the fashion ranks managing million dollar accounts ranging from Amazon.com to Neiman Marcus and for companies that include Calvin Klein Jeans, Cynthia Rowley, Rocawear, Nicole Miller, and Joe’s Jeans. Melissa was also an instrumental force in the successful launch of the Harajuku Lovers and L.A.M.B. handbag brands by Gwen Stefani. In 2007, Melissa co-created the popular women’s website Workchic.
Melissa has been a guest writer/contributor/blogger for Marie Claire, Style Network, Shop it to me, and Shecky’s to just name a few. You can also find Melissa giving out style advice on ABC/HDTV weekly series- Mirror/Mirror. She also is an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
A true entrepreneur by nature, in 2010, Melissa sold Workchic and created The Fashion Potential. The Fashion Potential was created to show aspiring fashionistas how to target and gain the right clients, stand out from their competition, reach their financial goals, and create a buzz around their brands. The Fashion Potential teaches emerging and aspiring fashion designers whether they are just starting out or are already out of the starting gate- all of the tips and tricks they will need to know in order to create a successful brand that is not only desirable to a retail buyer but to a consumer as well. The Fashion Potential offers one-on-one consultation and coaching as well as online workshops for those that prefer to work at their own pace. The Fashion Potential is the place to learn about fashion the right way!
CEO & Founder Lion'esque Style. Trends expert Melissa Gonzalez was once a top executive on a Wall Street trading floor. She is now a force in the lifestyle world helping build the brand recognition of up-and-coming designers by tying them into mainstream conversations.
Melissa is a true advocate of collaboration. She was recently nominated as one of "The Top 20 Most Inspiring Individuals in New York" and as one of America's Top 100 Young CEO's and is taking part in a major initiative towards being a voice for the future of start ups in the US. As a voice for emerging brands and trends, she is also a be seen nationally on the morning show circuits. Tune into WPIX NY for her "Favorite Emerging Brands Made in America" and ABC Chicago to see Melissa's "Must Have Accessories" segments.
Lifestyle + Charity Magazine
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lifestyle + Charity Magazine, Rachael and her editorial team feature philanthropic brands, discoveries, and inspiration through the company's website and quarterly L+C Magazine. With a background in design, social media, and public relations, Rachael builds awareness for brands that give back inspiring readers to shop with good intentions and learn about various causes.
Founder & Editorial Director of Retail Minded Magazine. Nicole is an experienced retail and wholesale professional whose experience includes work with Adidas America, Sears Corporation, Franco Sarto Footwear, Nordstrom and many independent retailers and wholesalers nationwide. After holding both regional and national management roles, Reyhle founded Retail Minded in 2007 as an effort to support independent retail focused businesses throughout the United States. Since then, her contribution to the retail community has spiraled into a speaking, writing and consulting career. In 2012, Reyhle debuted the nation’s only retail lifestyle publication, Retail Minded Magazine, which delivers news, education and support to independent retailers the “boutique” way.
I Like What You're Wearing
Founder & Editor In Chief of I Like What You're Wearing. Olivia was introduced to the fashion industry at a young age, and was followed by years as a fashion journalist, photographer and copywriter. Her passion and knowledge of fashion combined with her fresh perspective has been influential in understanding the next generation of the industry.
The Vanity Project
Omri Bojko is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at The Vanity Project (TVP), a clothing company that works with different non-profits to create high end casual clothing with designs based on their logos and causes. TVP donates 51% of net profits from the sale of their clothing to the non-profits featured. Omri founded TVP along with Jason Sochol in late 2011. TVP originally started in Chicago before moving to New York City in January 2012. Prior to starting TVP, Omri worked as an equity derivatives trader at Spot Trading LLC in Chicago and has a degree in history from Northwestern University.
Open Source Fashion
Pavan is the Organizer of Open Source Fashion.
Fashioning Our Industry
Rob Sanchez is the co-founder of Fashioning Our Industry, an organization that provides information about critically needed support services for fashion companies seeking their next level of growth. The organization's services provide access to leaders in finance, accounting, law, operations, sustainability, and marketing. He also is developing a line of men's dress shoes focused on transforming the comfort and wearability of beautifully designed shoes. In his spare time, Rob is finishing a J.D. at Fordham Law School and running an online and popup gallery that he co-founded with his wife and a close friend, Crosby Street Gallery.
With over 10 years of experience as an online marketing and social media consultant, Ryan Kristopher is widely recognized as a leading marketing expert, and has developed marketing initiatives for businesses ranging from fresh startups to world-wide brands such as Lions Gate Entertainment, RE/MAX, Chartis, and HUB International. Mr. Kristopher is known for his ability to assist struggling entrepreneurs, with little to no budget, in turning their companies around through a unique blend of inexpensive and free online initiatives.
Ryan Kristopher possesses an unorthodox, street-smart view of the business world, having leveraged the internet to grow several successful businesses of his own, without a dollar to his name, into million dollar enterprises. Mr. Kristopher’s career as an online marketing consultant began to flourish when Lion’s Gate Entertainment hired him to leverage social media and online marketing during the filming of the $50 million dollar blockbuster movie “WARRIOR.”
Mr. Kristopher went on to serve as Internet Marketing Director for a renowned New York marketing agency and was mentored by best-selling author, marketing expert, and Fox Business contributor, Mark Stevens, who’s blunt truth and unconventional wisdom made an impact on the young marketer.
Ryan does not believe in cookie-cutter approaches to marketing and social media engagement. He often challenges executives to think outside of the corporate constraints and to fully embrace the Internet’s true potential for innovation and growth.
To date, Ryan Kristopher has consulted over 200 companies across dozens of industries around the globe.
Sardar Law Firm LLC
Sheheryar Sardar is a Partner at Sardar Law Firm LLC, focusing on technology, digital media, venture capital, and startup law. He has advised clients in the emerging technologies, e-commerce, social media, fashion, and film production industries to name a few. Sheheryar has been featured in numerous media outlets including Voice of America, The Hedge Fund Law Report, and FOX Sports. Prior to starting his firm, Sheheryar gained experience at The Coca-Cola Company in its Marketing-Legal Division; Cisco Company - Scientific Atlanta; and Kriz & Belina, a leading Prague-based commercial law firm. Sheheryar earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law and also studied at the University of Paris, Pantheone-Sorbonne. You can find more business law related articles by Sheheryar at Corporate Counsel NY.
Co-Founder & CEO of Mobinable.com, a Mobile Engagement startup. Mobinable helps businesses and brands achieve a marketing goal by creating and launching interactive mobile campaigns. He thinks himself of a marketing ninja which doesn’t fit in well with this love for coding & technology. So these days he is trying to make peace between these two activities. Hope he stays sane.
Winston Peters is a Business Analyst & Financial Strategist at MyÜberLife. MyÜberLife Consulting Group, is a NYC Based Consulting firm that offers solutions to brands in fashion, music, and the arts, to both startups and established brands. They provide business & brand development, business & brand management, strategic marketing & research services, and buying and sales strategy.
He is responsible for analyzing & interpreting existing & conceptual business models to identify problems and develop strategies & solutions to meet the business needs for their clients within the fashion, music, and art markets.
Yazid Aksas is a passionate entrepreneur who lived in five countries before coming the US. He started his first business at age 9 trading Michael Jackson pictures during school recess time so he could pay for the chocolate ice cream he loved so much. After a few of adventures in finance, advertising, restaurants and technology, Yazid launched Sharpmen.com, the first shopping and lifestyle channel for men. He also founded AkselParis.com, a European men's fashion brand with a first store in Soho, New York @311 West Broadway.
Yazid holds a B.A. in Finance from University of Paris, Masters in Law & Accounting from the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.